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Fashion show helps raise funds for United Way programs

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/24/2014 11:23:00 AM

Hundreds gathered in downtown Alexander City Thursday night for a showdown of the fashionable variety. The Lake Martin Area United Way held its ‘Downtown Showdown’ fashion show Thursday behind the United Way offices located on Main Street. This year

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Seek balance in a home's furnishings

Herald Tribune

Date: 10/23/2014 10:35:00 PM

After McAlpine saw the metaphoric light, the book, which features McAlpine's home on Lake Martin in Alabama among other lake houses, tumbled out almost by accident. This also never happens to me. My books, and I am working on my third, kick and thrash into

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Mrs. Rita Faye Martin

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/23/2014 2:49:00 PM

She was born on October 10, 1946 in Alexander City, Alabama to George East and Frances Champion Pless. She was a devout Christian and an active member of Campground United Methodist Church. She worked at Russell Corporation for 42 years as a quality

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New details emerge in weekend boating crash on Lake Martin

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/23/2014 7:47:00 AM

New details were released Wednesday in a weekend crash involving two boats in the Pitchford Hollow area of Lake Martin. Marine Police Sgt. Mark Fuller said that the crash occurred at about 7 p.m. Saturday and involved a Bass Tracker bass boat and a

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The world’s nativities on display at CACC Library

Alexander City Outlook

Date: 10/21/2014 7:50:00 AM

From now through Oct. 23, the world is on display at Alexander City’s Central Alabama Community College (CACC) library – or, at least, a small part of it is thanks to the 2014 Lake Martin Community Multicultural Nativity Display. A portion of the

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• River: Tallapoosa River
• Surface Area: 41,000 Acres
• Shoreline: 880 Miles
• Length: 31 Miles
• Volume: 1,622,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 2,984 Square Miles
• Average Depth: 41 Feet
Lake Martin is located in Tallapoosa, Elmore and Coosa counties in Alabama. It is a 44,000-acre lake with over 750 miles of wooded shoreline. Lake Martin is a reservoir, formed by the construction of Martin Dam on the Tallapoosa River. The Martin Dam powerhouse is used to generate hydroelectric power for the Alabama Power Company. Construction on Martin Dam began in 1923 and was completed in 1926, creating what was at that time the largest man-made body of water in the world. Originally known as Cherokee Bluffs for the geological formation upon which it was built (which erroneously recognized the historic indigenous people of the area), the dam was renamed in 1936 in honor of Thomas Martin, the then-president of Alabama Power Company.
One of the largest man made lakes in the United States, Lake Martin is a popular recreation area for swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, camping, and golfing. The Dixie Sailing Club operates on Lake Martin. Many waterfront neighborhoods and luxury homes are located on Lake Martin. The cities of Alexander City, Dadeville, and Eclectic are nearby.
Lake Martin hosts many events throughout the year, including fishing tournaments, a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, and the Alexander City Jazz Festival, an annual event every June in downtown Alexander City and at the Lake Martin Amphitheatre.
Lake Martin includes many popular attractions, including eagles nest, natural sand beaches, restaurants, camping areas and popular islands. The lake has several landmarks, such as the Kowaliga Bridge, and several marinas, but perhaps the most recognized landmark on the lake is Chimney Rock, a large rock formation that resembles a chimney. Chimney Rock is located several hundred yards away; the formation which most people call Chimney Rock is Acapulco Rock. The area was the Tallapoosa River gorge before Martin Dam was built, and the water is more than 150 feet deep. The spot is visited by thousands of boaters yearly, who park in front of "The Rock" to watch people climb up 60 feet and jump off into the water.
Lake Martin has become a weekend getaway for many of Birmingham, Montgomery and even Atlanta's elite.
Alabama has a lake of a similar name, the Logan Martin Lake on the Coosa River, but Lake Martin and Logan Martin Lake are not part of the same river system.
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